Fully-funded Volkswagen Foundation Summer School 2022: Cities & Urban Ecological Resilience

The Volkswagen Foundation Summer School 2022: Cities & Urban Ecological Resilience is now accepting applications.

Volkswagen Foundation Summer School

The VW-summer school series aims to provide participants with information and skills about how landscape ecology may help to enhance the status of fulfilling the SDGs and AU Agenda 2063 goals.

The summer school will bring together scientists and practitioners from urban, regional, and national planning, as well as governmental agencies, who are interested in the development of socio-ecological systems from a variety of viewpoints.

Each summer course will include around 30 participants from African nations and Germany. Early career and young scientists, as well as established scholars and input providers from practice, such as policymakers/representatives of governmental institutions preparing and implementing environmental policies, planners, business and economy actors, and local knowledge holders, will participate in the summer school. PhD and postdoctoral students from African and German universities will be the focus of the young scientists.

Mode of the Summer School

The first summer school, which will hold in Uganda in July 2022, will consist of three webinars and a physical conference. The webinars will address the theoretical underpinnings of landscape ecology with the goal of bringing all participants up to speed on the fundamentals of landscape ecology. Landscape ecology’s role and importance in the 2030 global development agenda will be described and debated.

  • Webinar 1: May 2022
  • Webinar 2: June 2022
  • Physical meeting (Kampala, Uganda): 18 -24 July 2022

All Webinar and physical meeting sessions will be recorded.


The Volkswagen Foundation is completely funding the summer school series, which will cover the expenses of travel, lodging, visas, and meals for the physical conference in Kampala in July 2022.

Volkswagen Foundation Summer School | Eligibility Criteria

  • A PhD student, postdoctoral student, or early career scientist located in Sub-Saharan Africa or Germany is eligible to apply. Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa who specialize in landscape ecology may also be considered.
  • Participate in all scheduled webinar series on a regular basis.
  • Landscape Ecology, Cities, and Urban Ecological Resilience piqued my attention.

How to Apply to the Volkswagen Foundation Summer School

Online applications are required for participation in the first summer session. The deadline for applications is April 22, 2022. Applicants that are chosen will be expected to participate in Webinars, during which time a final decision will be made.

To apply, go to this link.

Deadline: April 22, 2022

Visit the Volkswagen Foundation for more information.

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